Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Best and Worst in AcneCare Skincare Line: Anti-Acne Soap, Anti-Acne Toner and Acne Drying Lotion Reviews

AcneCare Anti-Acne Soap (P149)
AcneCare Anti-Acne Toner 100ml (P149)
AcneCare Acne Drying Lotion (P299)
*BUY ALL for P448 with free body scrub

I can't tell when was the last time I really had clear skin after months of using my favorite products from Bioessence. Ever since, I've been looking for perfect combos to complement my skin type characterized with super oily skin, large pores and is prone to pimples. While I was doing my regular Shopee browsing, I came across these products from AcneCare which have been widely popular for acne-prone gals out there. I have also read tons of positive reviews which eventually persuade me to buy the set instead of just road-testing one by one. I mean if skincare comes in a set, you have to use everything in conjunction with each other for optimum results, right? That makes sense. Lol, I sound like I was just trying to make a reason for splurging!!! Uhm sort of.

Anyway, without further ado, let's get to the point!

Acne Care Anti-Acne Soap

Fortified with (1) Ace-B3 which is a powerful antioxidant to fight off infrared heat, hyperpigmentation and premature aging, (2) Tea Tree Oil  which is known as an anti-bacterial product that prevents breakouts and infections and soothes the skin and (3) Bio Sulfur which is known at being amazing at busting infections and bacteria. For more information about their skin benefits, please see box below.

So basically, AcneCare Anti-Acne Soap got everything mainly to  prevent acne and remove excess oil which contributes to acne formation on the skin. 

I have been using the set for about 3 weeks now and to be honest, I couldn't go on using this soap anymore, just a spoiler. First off, the soap has a faint Tea Tree scent and creates suds enough to clean the face and remove all gunk and dirt which is a good thing. It's glycerin-based too so you will get the kind of look and feel you expect for the bar--almost translucent, silky and squashy when left in a wet area for a long time. This made me think that it's non-drying. I've long lost my interest in using products that suck the moisture out of my skin. However, much to my dismay, this soap is too drying as I didn't expect. It gives that tight, rough feeling you get when your face is overly-cleansed. The first few days that I am using this, my skin felt some stinging sensation every time I go over my post-cleanse products. This usually happens when my skin is severely dry from the cleansing.

I guess the drying part is just part of its job as it does dry the whole top layer of my skin including existing breakouts. Just two to three washes and they would be gone. Still, I wouldn't opt for a drying soap if it would affect my entire face.

Acne Care Anti-Acne Toner

Okay, here's to my favorite from the set. Although I find its claims vague when it says "...infused with 3 powerful ingredients..." when I tried looking everywhere as to which ingredients it was talking about but to no avail. I did make a guess though. After all, there weren't too much ingredients to choose from. Could it be Glycerin, Cinnamon Bark Oil and MicroSilver? I never knew Micro Silver can be a part of skincare just until I had this toner. I wouldn't doubt it though, if there's gold-infused products, silver-infused wouldn't be impossible.

The packaging is very appreciated because it has loads of necessary information on it. Although the black theme looks manly, I wouldn't mind displaying it on my vanity lol. The scent of the product is almost indistinguishable but it has a very faint metallic scent to it probably because of the Silver. Other than that, it smells nothing in particular which is a good thing as it's fragrance-free. Sometimes, my skin reacts to heavily fragranced skincare products too.

I apologize for not making it too obvious but up close, you will see that it has specks of Silver inside. If haven't made it a hobby to check product information first, I would think my toner is dirty inside.  But of course, those are silvers!  Just how luxurious would it feel every time you're putting it on, huh? Don't worry, 100ml of product wouldn't break the bank!

One thing I find unique about the toner is that it has more texture to it than regular toners which are watery. The toner is silky probably due to the Glycerin and is comparable to texture of essences. It is indeed very moisturizing. I like that it compensates for the soap, giving my skin a surge of moisture it deserves. It's gentle on the skin and doesn't sting. On lazy days, I tend to skip moisturizer as long as I have this on. It' surprisingly moisturizing for an acne toner.

I though it's worth mentioning and I'm confident to say this but both the toner and soap does not really prevent too much sebum production. I am still as oily as I can get but I like how my skin feels soft and supple every time I apply this toner. After I stopped using the soap, this toner still works well with every skincare product I own. This is the very first product from AcneCare that I have tried and from the first day onward, my face became clearer and breakouts were less especially during that time of the month.

AcneCare Acne Drying Lotion

AcneCare Acne Drying Lotion reminds me very much of Mario Badescu Acne Drying Lotion. For those who do not know the drill yet (which I doubt hehe!), you have to use a cotton swab to scoop up the light pink formula from the bottom and then apply it everywhere that needs to be spot-treated. For me, the effect is just the same. There weren't much difference between the two other than the fact that the latter's way more expensive. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Mario Badescu Acne Drying Lotion though, this is for you. You can buy it at a fraction of MB's price and you get way more product!

Spot-treat is really not an option for me because it's just an additional step to skincare when I can simply use a cream or toner that does the job in drying out existing breakouts. Other than that, the pink sediments at the bottom, though dries within seconds, transfer to sheets when I oil up during sleeping. If the acne/pimples is huge enough for a soap or toner to handle, that's when I resort to Acne Drying Lotions. So far, I only had three not-so-huge breakouts this month (thanks to the AcneCare Anti-Acne Toner and Laneige Special Care Water Sleeping Mask) and that was when I had the opportunity to use this product. It effectively flattens them right away after two applications. Spot treatments like this really work for me and they may even come more handy especially when I have a special event to go to the following days.

Overall Thoughts

Just like most skincare sets/lines, there are really products that would stand out. In my case, my top pick would be the Anti-Acne Toner because of how moisturizing it is. I am neutral about the Acne Drying Lotion and dislike the Anti-Acne Soap. Nonetheless, we all have different skin types and we may react differently to products but it's all based on our preferences.

If you would like to purchase this set, it's available at all leading drugstores nationwide or you can purchase online by clicking here. You may use the code HANNA226 for P100 off your first purchase.

*These products are self-bought. Using the code above will not earn me any commission or does not mean any affiliations with either the issuing company or the brand itself other than the 50 Shopee coins/points for using the referral code.


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